From Our Correspondent
Silchar, Feb 9: An inter ministerial central team arrived in Silchar on Thursday to visit the erosion and flood affected area of Cachar district. They discussed issues and concerns of post flood damage assessment and reconstruction activities with the district administration. The team visited affected areas with the officials of district administration and other concerned departments in Silchar and some other areas of Sonai. The members of the inter ministerial central team are Gopal Saran, scientist – C, NITI Ayog, New Delhi, Dr L Waghmare, director, Sugarcane Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Sachin Kumar Gautam, Assistant Engineer (RO), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ronobijoy Bhattacharjee, Superintendent Engineer and Rajesh Dutta, Protocol Officer from ASDMA, Engineering Consultant, ASDMA.
The team visited Shib Bari road sinking zone, Silchar – Kalain road under Silchar Sadar revenue circle, Berenga, Bethukandi under Silchar Sadar circle, Jhangarbali village under Sonai circle. The visit was followed by a meeting with all the concerned officials organized by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Cachar. The meeting was chaired by Dr S Lakshmanan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner cum chairperson of DDMA, Cachar. A brief presentation on erosion and damages caused by flood were put forth by Rajib Roy, ACS, additional Deputy Commissioner cum chief executive officer, DDMA, Cachar. The district administration authorities said that they are in need of more monetary aid and assistance in this regard.
The team on Friday also visited Hailakandi district to carry out an on-the-spot assessment. Headed by Dr Arvind L Waghmare, Director, Surgarcane Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, the team on its arrival inspected several flood affected areas of the district that included embankment breach at Tosla, washed away approach road of RCC bridge at Kalacherra (Jamalpur), washed away portion of around 100 metres PWD from Kalacherra towards Nityanandepur and embankment breaches at Boroitula, Kuchilaghat and Katagaon. It also inspected the ongoing road cum embankment protection work at Katagaon.
As part of its on-the-spot-assessment, the team interacted with the affected people and district administration to find out the intensity of the damages caused by the flood. Later in a meeting, Deputy Commissioner Krishna Govinda Bhuyan apprised the team about the damages caused by the flood last year. Bhuyan, who also heads the District Disaster Management Authority, requested the inter-ministerial team to recommend substantial assistance to Hailakandi district in its report. ADC, Amalendu Roy and other officials of the line departments attended the meeting. A power point presentation was made highlighting the extent of damages caused by Katakhal river affecting over 12 lakh people of 79 villages.